| Oct 29, 2014
| 11:33 AM
Along one of the miles and miles of footpath at The Morton Arboretum, I stopped on a recent Monday to soak in the scene. The forest floor was a bright yellow carpet. Above me, more leaves, yellow and orange and green, still clung to their makers. The...
| Nov 8, 2014
| 11:18 AM
Question: My peppers look horrible with curling leaves and brown tips. What is the cause and what can I use that is natural to obtain control?
Answer: Growing good pepper plants has been difficult this fall due to an assortment of pests. Often mites,...
| Oct 18, 2014
| 1:04 PM
Question: My sago has the cycad scale you have [previously] discussed. I have been using a horticultural oil spray but the scale is still present. What else can I do?
Answer: Tough and persistent scale insects go away very slowly. They are often...
| Oct 11, 2014
| 12:24 PM
Question: Our hibiscus has white powder-like stuff on the stems and leaves. An insecticidal soap spray helped but it is back and leaves are dropping. What should we do?
Answer: One of the most common insect pests of hibiscus is mealy bugs. They are...
| Oct 25, 2014
| 10:06 AM
Average temperature: High 79, ow 59
Rainfall: 2.32 inches
1. Moon phases
•Full moon: Nov. 6
•Last quarter: Nov. 14
•New moon: Nov. 22
•First quarter: Nov. 29
2. Moon sign planting dates
| Sep 27, 2014
| 12:57 PM
Question: A friend gave me a star fruit tree. Where should it be planted and what care is needed?
Answer: Get ready for some good eating as the star fruit, also known as the carambola, flourishes in areas with mild winters. It grows a tree to 25 feet...
| Jun 14, 2009
•Scientific name: Scaevola aemula.
•Growth habit: A sprawling evergreen perennial growing to 12 inches tall and twice as wide. The leaves are medium to dark green, obovate in shape, deeply toothed and growing to 2 inches long and half as...
| Sep 22, 2014
| 7:22 PM
My calendar says my summer vegetables should be harvested by now. It's time for cool season crops to go into the ground.
But it feels weird gearing up for winter while we're coming off a blistering week of triple-digit heat. And it's disappointing to...
| Jul 12, 2009
•Scientific name: Hibiscus coccineus.
•Growth habit: A clump forming shrublike deciduous perennial with upright shoots growing to 8 feet tall and 2 feet wide. The leaves are medium to dark green with up to five fingerlike lobes and growing to...
| Aug 2, 2009
•Scientific name: Ficus carica.
•Growth habit: A deciduous large shrub to small tree with a rounded shape and open branching habit growing to 12 feet tall and wide. The dark-green deeply notched leaves are rounded in shape and grow to 8...
| Aug 9, 2009
•Scientific names: Lantana hybrids
•Growth habit: An evergreen mound-forming perennial growing to 5 foot tall and wide, but new varieties are often much smaller. The leaves are medium to dark green, lance-like to ovate in shape with rounded...